Lucky Dube – Crying Games

Various Artists - The Rough Guide to the Music of South Africa

Various Artists – The Rough Guide to the Music of South Africa

I arrived back from a great week in Dorset just in time to watch a dismal England World Cup performance. They lost 4-1 against Germany and thus booking their flights home instead of a place in the quarter finals. So now I’m off to drown my sorrows with a glass or two of South African chenin blanc!

But before I fill my glass, I’ve just time to post today’s track – Crying Games by Africa’s leading of reggae musician, the late Lucky Dube. There will be a lot of England fans crying tonight after a very disappointing performance in the tournament.

Lucky Dube started his career playing Zulu pop music known as mbaqanga. He became influenced by the socio-political messages of the reggae stars he heard and felt that such messages were relevant in institutionally racist South Africa. He used to play a few reggae numbers at his live gigs and then began to record them. His second reggae album Think About The Children achieved platinum sales status and established Dube as the most popular reggae artist in South Africa and a success throughout Africa and beyond. In total, he recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in a 25-year period.

On October 18, 2007, Lucky Dube was killed in Johannesburg shortly after dropping two of his seven children off at their uncle’s house. The South African Police claimed that he was shot dead by car-jackers. Three men were tried for his murder, were found guilty on March 31, 2009 and sentenced to life in prison.

Lucky Dube – Crying Games